“Due to the prevailing situation of the Covid-19 (corona) pandemic, CID management has resolved to sanitize the CID headquarters starting 17/06/2021 to 20/06/2021. Staff under you shall be on call. We shall have the Director, Deputy Directors, Heads of Department/units and registry staff to come for work,” reads the Memo.
AIGP Grace Akullo
Akullo, the Director of Criminal Investigations Directorate-CID has sent staff
home as COVID-19 cases surge in the police force. In her internal memo issued on
Wednesday, Akullo ordered all staff off the CID headquarters at Kibuli to allow
for disinfection of the offices and places frequented by civilians seeking
“Due to the
prevailing situation of the Covid-19 (corona) pandemic, CID management has resolved
to sanitize the CID headquarters starting 17/06/2021 to 20/06/2021. Staff
under you shall be on call. We shall have the Director, Deputy Directors, Heads
of Department/units and registry staff to come for work,” reads the Memo.
Uganda Radio Network could not establish the number of CID personnel who have
so have contracted COVID-19, a detective said Akullo took the decision after several personnel including some unit heads tested positive in a space of five
“I don’t have the actual figures about detectives who gave tested positive for
Covid19. But I want to tell you every many people here [CID] have tested
positive since last week. Almost every office has positive cases. We may
resolve to work from home if the situation worsens,” the detective said.
personnel have reportedly been advised to use these days to test for COVID-19
so that they return to work knowing their status. According to the sources, those that not got
the COVID-19 jab have also been advised to use these days to do get vaccinated.
Our reporter visited the CID headquarters
and found the calm and deserted with almost all the offices under lock and key.
Only a few police officers guarding crucial
offices and others who had come to receive their first or second AstraZeneca
jab could be seen around. Similarly, Naguru police headquarters has also
ordered all unvaccinated police personnel to avoid going to the premises.
“We have been told to keep away from
headquarters offices until we are vaccinated. Our boss said he knows it is it
should not be mandatory but he has no choice. It looks like we are being forced
to get the COVID-19 jab,” said a police officer on condition of anonymity.
Like the CID headquarters, Naguru police headquarters including the CCTV
Command Centre, which often has a big number of officers, also looked deserted.
The most visible personnel are counter-terrorism officers guarding the
Byaruhanga, the Director of Health Services in the Uganda Police Force told URN
last month that 26,550 out of close to 47000 police personnel had been
vaccinated. Police received 20000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines but others were
catered for under local government programs.
Kampala Metropolitan policing area alone has over 13,000 personnel but only
7833 were vaccinated. This means that more than 5000 missed the vaccination. The
police fraternity has at least lost 10 personnel to COVID-19 including SP
Matthias Turyasingura and SSP Samuel Bamuzibire, both senior commanders.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.